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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER-15, 1954

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Wants Students for Block 'M'
Flash Card Section, Michigan Marching Band
Raise Traditional School Spirit at University

By SUE GARFIELD
Within a few short weeks, the
UvriyUniversity campus will again be
humming, and the 1954-55 school
~" year will be on its way.
Perhaps one thing which every-
one looks forward to with the
greatest amount of enthusiasm is
the weekly Saturday afternoon at
the stadium, something which ev-
ery freshmen will thrill to for the
first time, and which every return-
ing student has already experienc-
ed over and over again.
The students at the University
are proud of their football team,
win or lose, and equally proud of
the famous Michigan Marching
Band and the Block 'M' section,
both of which add to the color and
E tivity of the games, as do the
cheerleaders.
School Spirit
One of the main purposes of the
Block 'M' section is to promote
school spirit and add to the pres-
tige and tradition of the Univer-
sity. Block 'M' works with the
backing of the Student Legislature
and with the permission of " the
Board in Control of Intercollegiate
Athletics.
In the last two years it has
grown in popularity as well as ac-
tivity, and with new flash cards,
new 'M' buttons, a new public ad-
dress system, a host of hard work-
ers and every student's help-this
year's Block 'M' promises to be
"bigger and better" than ever, ac-
cording to the committee.
The 1200 seats of the card sec-
tion are located between the 20
' and 35 yard line, giving freshmen
and other students the advantage
of senior status seating.
This year, Block 'M' will em-
ploy 30 new designs using eight
new colors with flips and moving
Anniversary Design
Special ones like those used last
year during the ceremony honor-
ing the anniversary of the Engi-
neering School and the regular
Michigan designs such as "U of
M," "Michigan," a block "M" and
"Hi-Alums" will also be seen at
the Saturday games.
A mass meeting will be held the
first week of the semester in Hill
Auditorium at 7 p..m. for all stu-
dents who have signed up for the
Block 'M' section. At this time,
identifying 'M' buttons will be dis-
tributed. In order to be seated in
the flash card section, students
must show these buttons when
they pick up their football tickets.
It is imperative that those in-
tending to be in the section be
present at the mass meeting.
The meeting will take no longer
than one half hour, during which
time movies and slides of last
year's stunts will be shown. The
cheerleaders and the captain of
the football team will also be there,
ready to assist with a quick re-
hearsal and short display of stunts.
New Ideas
The Block 'M' committee would
7 so appreciate any ideas for new
esigns or anything else that
would be of interest to the flash
card section.
'Remember," said Harriett
Thorne, publicity chairman, "even
though Michigan may come out on
the short end of the scoring, it's
the spirit that counts, and it's up
to every student to keep that spirit
alive at the University. The Block
'M' section is a definite move in
this direction, so it's up to all stu-
dents to support the section
throughout the coming football
season."

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U OF M DESIGN

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BLOCK 'M' DESIGN
Frosh Weekend Activities
Include All New Coeds

Petitioning
Process
Explained
'U'Coeds Evaluated
By League Committee
On Basis of Interest
A question that many futurekco-
eds of the University often ask is
just how they can find their way
into some of the many activities on
campus.
Most of the major women's posi-
tions, such as the chairman f'of
dances, League, WAA, Panhellenic
and Assembly posts, are filled by
a system known as petitioning,
interviewing and nominating.
If a coed decides she would
like to apply for a post in a cam-
pus activity, she first fills out a
petition.
She is then interviewed by a
panel of students, who gives her
an opportunity to elaborate on her
ideas expressed in the form of the
petition.
Coed Committee
The Interviewing and Nominating
Committee of the League does
much of this for the major campus
posts.
The committee evaluates the
coed on the basis of her ideas
for the particular project at hand
and on her past record and ex-
perience.
A complete record is kept of
each women's activities during her
stay at the University. These re-
cords are used as references by
future employers and by honor so-
cieties.
It is the duty of the activity
chairman in each dormitory and
sorority or League house to keep
coeds informed as to when peti-
tions for certain positions are due
at the League. Announcements will
also appear in The Daily.
Installation Night
All results of petitioning for the
coming year are announced at In-
stallation Night. At this time coeds
gather at Rackham Lecture all
to hear the announcements and to
congratulate those who received
posts.
The Interviewing and Nominating
Committee functions to help coeds
enter or continue in League acti-
vities. The interview is informally
conducted, and the interest and
enthusiasm and plans of the coed
are the most important qualifica-
tions for obtaining a post.
The committee hold office hours
in their office in the League Under-
graduate Office on the First floor.
Suggestions for writing petitions
are offered in the League Lowdown,
and the tentative schedule for the
deadlines for various offices are
listed.
Fashion Designers
Cite Swimwea r
All the details and silhouette
news that make strong talking
points in today's fashions, appear
in force in the new resort swim-
suits, which will be seen in late
summer and early fall.
Variations of empire and princess
silhouettes are well represented.
Close-cleaving midriffs, often elon-
gated, may feature softness at the
hipline. The new "dome" skirt has
its opposite number in the Court-
Jester bloomer.
A large-group of Paris imports
inspire new details: contrast pip-
ings outline sunburst pockets, a
tri-color motif suggests a dickie
and a white border outlines a
chesterfield closing on a laton taf-
feta swimsuit.
Other inventive details reflect
the increasing variety of design

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Following in the footsteps of
the Maize and Blue Teams with
their presentation of the tradi-
tional Frosh Weekend, the other
three classes also have all-campus
projects: Sophomore C a b a r e t,
Junior Girls' Play and Senior
Night which are held each year.
op a* * *
Soph Cab...R
Each December the sophomore
women get together for fun, work
and entertainment to present their
carnival - production Sophomore
Cabaret. The two-night event,
which is usually held on the en-
tire second floor of the League, is
open to the entire campus and
community.
It features a gay carnival, with
games of chance and skill, and
refreshments are served to par-
ticipants. A stageshow is also held
in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre,
written, directed, produced and
played by sophomores at the Uni-
versity.
There are also two orchestras
for dancing, together with souve-
nir programs and prizes.
Among the countless commit-
tees needed to put on the produc-
tion are chairman, floorshow di-
rector, secretary, finance, cos-
tumes, dances, decorations, host-
esses, make-up, programs, publici-
ty, posters, stunts, refreshments,
script chairman, special booths,
stage, tickets and ushers commit-
tees.
A call for a mass meeting and
floorshow tryouts will be announc-
ed in the fall. All sophomores, first
or second semester or transfer stu-
dents, and eligible to work on the
1954 Soph Cab.
* * .
JGP...
Juniors just can't imagine what
fun it is! Nights of rehearsals,
working with old and new friends,
mixing work with play, a chance
to sing, dance and act-this is
the annual Junior Girls' Play,
presented to the campus and all
of Ann Arbor in the spring.
Written, produced, directed and
acted by junior women, JGP has
risen to become a tradition at the
University since the first produc-
tion staged in 1904 in Barbour
Gymnasium by six juniors.
Early plays were viewed only by
women. In 1923 men were first al-
lowed to attend, but until 1945 the
plays were not always written by
junior women, but by other stu-
dents, alumni and professors.
Four performances of the JGP
musical-play, "Tickled Pink" were
given this year, with the opening
night honoring graduating sen-
iors, a presentation on Friday and
Saturday for the general public,
and a special showing for the
sophomore class at a matinee on
Saturday. The central committee
hopes to do the same thing this
year.
Positions still open on the cen-
tral committee, according to Alice
James, general chairman, are:
dance and assistant dance chair-
men, assistant props, scenery,
stunts and posters chairmen. For-

UPPERCLASSMEN LEAGUE PROJECTS:
Soph Cab, JGP, Senior Night Open to Women

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be held in the fall, and will be fol-
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* * * ,
Senior Night ....
One of the oldest traditions on
the University campus, Senior
Night marks the time when sen-
ior women meet for dinner and
entertainment, followed by the
opening performance of the cur-
rent JGP show, given in their
honor.
Strains of the Phi Gamma Del-
ta marching band accompany the
seniors as they march from the
General Library to the League,
where the time-honored ritual
takes place.
Before the annual banquet each

senior must declare her marijal
status. Married women carry can-
dles, which they eventually blow
out, while engaged women suck
lemons. Those who are pinned
must deposit their fraternity pins
on a cushion at the door and wear
a safety pin for the remainder of
the evening.
A "wishing well" is provided for
-all untattached women, who throw
a penny for each year of their
age into the well.
Following the banquet, the cast
of JGP gives the opening per-
formance of their play in honor of
the seniors. Senior Night usually
occurs in March, and petitioning
for the various committees will
be held in the late fall.
Class Activities
Sophomore Cabaret, J u n i o r
Girls' Play and Senior Night pro-

vide fun and enjoyment, as well
as satisfying work for all those
who participate in them. Accord-
ing to past years' chairmen, "it's
one of the best ways to get ac-
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Coeds of 1959-don't let your
class down!
Start thinking now of making this
year's Frosh Weekend the greatest
ever!
Although the event is compara-
tively new on campus, since it
commenced only six years ago,
Frosh Weekend has gained a per-
manent place among the varied
class projects and traditions of
University life.
During League Night of Orien-
tation Week, all freshmen women
are divided into two teams, the
Maize and the Blue. These teams.
get together again in March and
plan their team's all-campus dance
and floorshow entertainment.
"The Battle"
Each team takes one night to
attempt to outdo the other in
decorations, floorshow theme and
presentation, program design, pub-
licity and number of tickets sold
for the respective dances, which
are judged impartially by faculty
members.
The name of the winning team,
together with its class, is engraved
upon a plaque which is displayed
in the League Undergraduate Of-
fice.
For weeks in advance of the
event, students are besieged by
various publicity stunts, skits and
pleas on the part of the coeds to
convince the campus that "their"
dance will be the best.
Last year the Maize Team won
top honors with "A MAIZE-in-
PURSE-onalities," while the Blue
Team won in 1953 with "Jumpin'
Jupiter."
"Pardon my Politics," a take-
off on the last presidential cam-
paign was the theme of one year's
victorious Blue Team.

To advertise the dance, members
Invited a dark horse candidate to
campaign at the University. The
presidential aspirant turned out to
be a real horse.
Dog Election
Another time, the Blue Team
conducted a mock dog election.
Using the slogan, "Which dog is
the cat's meow," students were
asked to vote for their most popu-
lar fraternity dog. As winner,
"Brandy," Delta Upsilon's St. Bar-
hard, received a nice juicy bone.
The Mazie Team used "Moon-
thine Madness" as their theme
three years ago, and decorated the
League Ballroom, where the events
are held, with a hillbilly setting,
using Li'l Abner characters and
pickle barrels and corncob pipes
as decoration.
This event is a wonderful oppor-
tunity for students to meet other
members of their class and be-
come acquainted with League ac-
tivities, according to many who
have had the experience. Positions
nn the central committee for the
two dances, Maize and Blue, are
gained by petition and interview.
A good time is guaranteed to
all coeds participating in their
Class of 1959 Frosh Weekend!
Block M'
Fall sign up fc- the Block 'M'
section will take place during
registration from 8 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. in Barbour Gym. All fresh-
men and transfer students are
eligible, as well as returning
upperclassmen. Forty ushers
will also be needed and should
sign up at this time.

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